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A representative sampling of media coverage of the activities of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association is included here, as well as a PDF archive of recent press releases about JAHA museums, programs and special events. Complete press kits about all our museums and programs, including high-resolution images, are available through Shelley Johansson at

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Below are hotlinks to a representative sampling of articles about the museums, programs and events of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Articles from local, regional and national media are included, but this list is by no means comprehensive.

Press Releases

November 11, 2010 - Johnstown train station donated to JAHA for use as visitors center for Johnstown Discovery Network

October 15, 2010- Heritage Week at Johnstown Children's Museum to include Farmer Jason concerts, festival; event presented by First Commonwealth

September 19, 2010 -- David McCullough, author of The Johnstown Flood, to accept Heritage Preservation Award; additional nominations sought

July 15, 2010 -- AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival kicks off Aug. 6-8; headliners include Los Lobos, Robert Cray Band

June 28, 2010 --JAHA acquires original Johnstown streetcar

>>February 4, 2010 -- Rep. John Murtha, National Park Service named among first recipients of Heritage Preservation Awards
Claudia Jones, Susan Kalcik & the Slovak Heritage Association of the Laurel Highlands also honored

May 11, 2009 -JAHA plans flood commemoration presentation, "The 1889 Flood: Through the Eyes of the Johnstown Tribune," for May 31

April 15, 2009 -- JAHA unveils AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, successor event to the Johnstown FolkFest

March 20, 2009--JAHA to form partnership with Greater Johnstown School District; goal is to increase students' access to museums

March 11, 2009-- JAHA to begin offering educational workshops for children, parents and teachers as part of the upcoming Johnstown Children's Museum; April workshops part of Outdoor Heritage Month

March 11, 2009 -- Outdoor Heritage Month to begin in April; JAHA to partner with several organizations on activities

October 20, 2008 -- Johnstown Film & Wine Festival issues call for entries for 2009 event; deadline is March 1, 2009

October 16, 2008 -- International museum group to come to Johnstown to see JAHA museums

September 18, 2008 -- Free circus outreach programs to be presented at the Heritage Discovery Center on Thursday, Sept. 25

September 17, 2008 -- Boy Scout Merit Badge workshops to be offered at Heritage Discovery Center on Oct. 4

September 14, 2008 -- JAHA names Francis Fregly as museum education director

August 11, 2008 -- AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest (August 29-31, 2008) Press Kit

July 14, 2008 -- "Paper Tiger" wins Viewers' Choice Award at Johnstown Film & Wine Festival

June 23, 2008 -- Johnstown Film & Wine Festival winners & lineup announced; event to take place July 9-12, 2008

May 23, 2008 -- JAHA, National Park Service plan full slate of events to commemorate the 1889 Johnstown flood

May 23, 2008 -- JAHA to hold grand opening of "Iron & Steel Gallery" at Heritage Discovery Center on May 31 at 7 p.m.; public invited

May 23, 2008 -- Johnstown looks to future with lighting of stone bridge, flood museum renovation, and "Path of the Flood" trail

May 7, 2008 -- New cafe at Heritage Discovery Center to be named for Galliker Dairy Co.

April 28, 2008 -- JAHA Gala, "Adventure Around the World," to be held on Friday, May 16

April 4, 2008 -- Local photographer shoots "Doors of Johnstown;" work featured on a new poster

April 1, 2008 -- JAHA invites area non-profits to take part in the Community Kitchen at the AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest 2008

January 23, 2008 -- "Lost Film Fest" to be presented at Heritage Discovery Center on Thursday, Feb. 7

December 3, 2007 -- Laurel Holdings makes contribution to JAHA through tax credit program

October 11, 2007 -- JAHA announces receipt of Challenge Grant from Kresge Foundation

October 3, 2007 -- Call for entries announced for 2008 Johnstown Film & Wine Festival

October 1, 2007 -- JAHA to offer "Cub Scout Day" at Heritage Discovery Center on Sat., Oct. 27

September 12, 2007 -- JAHA to offer Boy Scout merit badge workshops on Sat., Sept. 29 at Heritage Discovery Center

August 16, 2007 -- 2007 AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest Press Kit

July 20, 2007 -- Vox Ethnika to play at Heritage Discovery Center on July 29

June 29, 2007 -- Screening schedule for 2nd Annual Johnstown Film & Wine Festival announced; event to take place July 12-14

June 25, 2007 -- JAHA to host two book presentations to mark 30-year anniversary of the Johnstown flood of July 20, 1977

May 4, 2007 -- Unknown collection related to Johnstown flood discovered in Philadelphia; JAHA to present Beale collection as part of flood commemoration activities

May 4, 2007 -- Anniversary of 1889 Johnstown Flood approaches; commemorative events to include luminaria, presentation of Rev. David Beale collection

April 25, 2007 -- JAHA to hold "Bootlegger's Ball at the Germania Brewery" on May 19; event marks public's first chance to see renovations at Heritage Discovery Center

April 4, 2007 -- Wagner-Ritter House & Garden reopens for visitor season

March 30, 2007 -- Area non-profits and churches invited to be part of the Community Kitchen at the AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest

February 9, 2007 -- Pasquerilla Enterprises makes $350,000 contribution to FolkFest endowment

January 22, 2007 -- JAHA announces $500,000 grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation for Johnstown Children's Discovery Museum

November 20, 2006 -- JAHA announces winter opening schedule for Wagner-Ritter House & Garden

November 15, 2006 -- "Made In Johnstown" exhibit opens at the Heritage Discovery Center

November 13, 2006 -- JAHA breaks ground on Johnstown Children's Discovery Museum

October 18, 2006 -- Call for entries announced for 2nd Annual Johnstown Film & Wine Festival

August 8, 2006 -- The 2006 AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest press kit

June 22, 2006 --First-annual Johnstown Film & Wine Festival planned for July 13-15

June 20, 2006 -- AmeriServ Financial celebrates 10th anniversary as title sponsor of AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest

June 12, 2006 -- JAHA announces extended opening hours during summer months

May 5, 2006 -- JAHA to open Wagner-Ritter House & Garden in May 31 ceremony

May 5, 2006 -- JAHA and National Park Service plan 1889 flood commemorative events; highlights include luminaria, opening of Wagner-Ritter House & Garden

April 18, 2006 -- JAHA invites area churches and non-profits to take part in the Community Kitchen at FolkFest 2006

April 10, 2006 -- JAHA Gala to be held on April 29; theme is "Carnevale di Venezia"

April 3, 2006 -- Local author Randy Whittle to discuss new book, "Johnstown, PA: A History, Part One, 1895-1936," at Heritage Discovery Center on April 20

March 16, 2006 -- JAHA Guild to form; volunteer group to assist with Gala and other JAHA special events

January 17, 2006 -- Public meeting set for January 18 to discuss the development of Festival Park

December 13, 2005 -- Swank pottery exhibit to close in early January 2006

December 12, 2005 -- Call-for-entries is announced for first-ever Johnstown Film Festival

December 5, 2005 -- Johnstown Flood Museum to host seminar about legal implications of the 1889 flood

August 8, 2005 -- The AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest 2005 Press Kit

August 1, 2005 -- "What a Crock! Johnstown Potteries of the 19th Century" opens at the Heritage Discovery Center

June 7, 2005 -- Extended summer hours take effect at JAHA museums

May 23, 2005 -- JAHA plans June 4 "Cash Bash" to benefit the AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest
May 4, 2005 -- 1889 Johnstown Flood commemoration activities set

March 22, 2005 -- JAHA to hold fundraising Gala on April 16; "Riverboat Casino" is event's theme

March 4, 2005 -- JAHA invites churches and non-profits to be a part of FolkFest 2005 at the Community Kitchen  

January 31, 2005 -- JAHA plans exhibit on Swank pottery 


Sept. 28, 2004 -- 1889 Johnstown flood to be featured on History Channel 


Sept. 20, 2004 -- Conservation work on historic Blacksmith Shop begins with funding obtained by JAHA 


August 17, 2004 -- FolkFest 2004 to feature performers with ties to Johnstown 


May 12, 2004 -- JAHA announces FolkFest 2004 lineup 


May 7, 2004 -- JAHA recruits non-profits and churches to take part in FolkFest "Community Kitchen" 


April 30, 2004 -- JAHA and other agencies plan Johnstown flood commemorative events 


April 26, 2004 -- "Children of Lazo's Grove" to have world premiere at Heritage Discovery Center 


April 12, 2004 -- Weather Channel primetime program to feature 1889 Johnstown flood 


April 9, 2004 -- JAHA obtains $3 million in funding for Children's Discovery Center, to open in 2005 


March 31, 2004 -- JAHA breaks ground on visitor center for Wagner-Ritter House & Garden  


March 23, 2004 -- JAHA plans fundraising gala with "Salute to Morley's Dog" theme 


March 22, 2004 -- Spring Lecture Series to begin at Heritage Discovery Center 


October 9, 2003 -- "Man of Steel" to be dedicated at Heritage Discovery Center 


August 31, 2003 -- Play based on area Civil War letters to be presented at Heritage Discovery Center 


June 24, 2003 -- Directional signage to be installed in Johnstown with grant obtained by JAHA 


May 15, 2003 -- JAHA to unveil findings of African-American History Project